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Recovery and backups

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    Recovery and backups

    Hi. New to W8 - setting up a couple computers and have a question: Can I use one external HDD for the backup as well as for the recovery? I mean, it seems when I set up the first one a week ago, there was an option in the recovery section of control panel to create something for disaster recovery. (Create a recovery drive) I think it said everything on the drive would be erased when it was created. Now that I've created it on a 250GB HDD, I am wondering if I can do my backups on there as well? Or is this recovery drive supposed to be a dedicated flash drive or something like that?

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    You can use the Windows system image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    Yes, you can use a external HDD, but one for each PC.

    Now that I've created it on a 250GB HDD
    A 250gb HDD sounds a bit small for a backup drive.
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    Hi Theog,
    Thanks for the reply. I guess I am a little confused. I tried to make the recovery on a disk(s), but it wouldn't let me, so I grabbed the first external HDD I could find. For my "backups", I meant just copies of my data files. I would use something different (larger) for a system image. Does that make sense? So, you think I should be getting maybe a 64GB flash for the "recovery drive"? I don't understand why it wouldn't let me use a DVD? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    Okay - great. I see the problem - I had the box checked to include the recovery partition and so you only have the option to use a flash drive for that. Thanks. So now I have made the repair disk on a CD as I wanted. And I probably had made a repair disk with the system image on that 250GB external drive, which I don't need to do and I'll get rid of that. Maybe I'll get a flash drive in the future and do it that way.

    I never got OS reinstallation disks, even though I had sent an email before the systems were shipped asking for them, since there was no option to get them at the time I placed the order. I see that this has been a problem for many. I always got these with previous Dell systems, so I was a bit surprised that I didn't get them this time.

    Thank you very much for all your help!! Now I just have to figure out how to make a system image that auto-updates using this Dell backup and restore program....

    Edit: nope, not happening - guess I have to find a third party program that does it. Any recommendations? Clonezilla?
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    Any recommendations?
    I personally always use Paragon or Norton.

    I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.

    The only 3rd party software that I know of, that fully supports Windows 8 & is signed by Microsoft, are

    Paragon 12, SSR Desktop Edition, & Macrium (5.1)

    PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning

    or could consider SSR Desktop Edition

    * Now Released * Symantec System Recovery 2013 | Symantec Connect Community

    or could consider Macrium release (5.1) (no test by me)

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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